GE powers the International Broadcast Centre (IBC)
Ranks and records are not enough to describe what the Olympic Games events are like. No number can capture the excitement and the emotion you experience at the Games.
It’s moments like seeing a skater pushing for a final spurt in his last lap to win a gold in the short track relay, or a figure skater performing a flawless triple axel to a beautiful melody. To capture these precious moments, broadcasters from around the world are gathering in PyeongChang.
The IBC, or the International Broadcast Centre, supports reporters and broadcasters from around the world. Located in the center of the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, IBC plays a vital role in hosting over 6,000 local and international broadcasting staff responsible for broadcasting the Olympic Games live to billions of viewers. Inside the IBC are number of broadcasting studios and editing rooms from which 4,000 hours of live footage will be delivered to countries around the world during the competition.
Given the time difference among regions, the IBC is designed to operate non-stop for 24 hours a day. IBC will be filled with excitement, bustling with activity, as the national athletes compete in 15 different sports during the 17-day event. For many of the viewers expecting to watch the Games at home, it will be a huge disappointment if a problem were to arise in the broadcast because of an operational issue at IBC.
With the widespread use of mobile phones and social media that make it possible for viewers to watch the games anytime, anywhere, regardless of the time difference, reliable infrastructure for stable power supply have become even more important to IBC. For IOC, this is an important issue that needs to be addressed, which is why they have chosen to rely on GE’s comprehensive power distribution system.
GE’s leading technology will perform comprehensive functions including measurement, monitoring, control, protection, and switching in the power supply and distribution process at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. GE will provide uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, an essential solution for smooth operation of the Olympic Games, which help ensure that power will be stable and continuous, even during power interruptions, to all the Olympic Games venues including stadiums and the IBC.
GE’s comprehensive power distribution system will help prevent and respond quickly to power-related disruptions and fulfill its function as an essential infrastructure for a flawless operation of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
In addition, GE will be deploying a team of 26 critical power service experts to closely monitor the status of the UPS systems and resolve power related issues on site. Because they are connected to the network, the UPS systems will provide real-time monitoring of its condition and status alarms (i.e. system performance that might require maintenance) or power events (i.e. when the UPS responds to power quality shifts or power failures). This data will continue to be analyzed by the GE power professionals on site to help ensure each UPS is delivering better quality power and necessary protection required to keep the Olympic Games up and running.
IBC, which will operate 24 hours a day during the 17-day sporting event, will be equipped with a wide range of GE’s power distribution solutions such as MV switchgear, transformer, and ATS, helping local and international broadcast stations deliver not just the footage of the Games, but the passion and the excitement behind them.